8,000 Immigrants Participate in Immigrant Pride Day 96 -- San Francisco
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Mon Oct 14 03:58:55 MDT 1996
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8,000 Immigrants Participate in Immigrant Pride Day '96
Organized by the Immigrant Rights Movement (MDI) and supported by
85 community, labor and political organizations, the 2nd Immigrant
Pride Day was celebrated on October 12 at Mission and 24th Streets,
Thousands of immigrants poured into the closed streets to show
their pride, discuss politics and watch over 100 performers from
10 AM to 7 PM.
Speakers from the MDI at the two main stages demanded that the City
of San Francisco declare its non-compliance with the new
anti-immigrant law, the welfare cuts and prohibit the INS raids.
Organizers also raised the right to vote in local elections for all
immigrants (30% of the entire population of San Francisco are
Around 3,000 participated in the Consulta Popular and throughout
the day immigrants gathered in the more than 40 informational and
political tables and had political discussions about propositions
in the November ballot, presidential candidates, forms of
organization and labor organizing efforts.
Mayor Willie Brown and several City Supervisors made appearances
and were questioned by the public about the demands of the MDI.
Their presence was a recognition of the importance of the event and
Musicians, actors, dancers and artists from Argentina, Colombia,
Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua,
Ecuador and other latin american countries and a group of African
American performers donated their talent and work during the event.
Immigrant pride Day received good coverage in the newspapers the
following day and channels 4,5,7 and several radios (KPFA,KCBS,La
Z, La grande 1010, KQED and others) covered the event.
Immigrant Pride Day was the source of some polemic this year when
a group of people linked to the Democratic Party tried to
boycott it and organized a paralell celebration. The attempt,
supported by leading members of the CoC and Solidarity failed when
only 100 people showed up at their mock celebration. The dispute
arised when Democratic Party hacks attempted to make the
celebration a non-political event and complained that the MDI was
running local candidates against the local democratic party
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